In two weeks’ time, the world’s best teams will travel to Cologne, Germany to compete in the famous IEM Cologne LAN event.
Fighting for a massive $1,000,000 prize pool, 24 teams will be competing for the lions share of the prize.
The first stage of the tournament will commence with the Play-in where 16 teams will fight to earn a place in the group stage. However, only 8 of the 16 teams will progress, through the means of a double-elimination bracket.
Below are the first matchups and the 16 teams competing in the Play-in:
Awaiting these teams are the 8 who are already in the group stage, split into two groups.
The prize pool distribution is as follows:
We start with 24 teams at #IEM Cologne but just one will lift the trophy 🏆
📈16 teams in the Play-In Stage – 8 advance to groups
🔼8 more teams wait for them in Groups
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Here are the opening brackets! pic.twitter.com/fvSX32ryS9
— Intel® Extreme Masters (@IEM) June 23, 2022